ROW80 check-in #50 Living the Routine

I have some fun news to share. Did you know that  holds a flash fiction challenge every SMTT-romThursday, called the #ThursThreads Challenge? I entered for the first time this past Thursday and won Most Romantic Story!! 😀 I’ve been smiling ever since. To make it all the sweeter, one of my favorite authors was the judge this week, Sandra Bunino!! <– Love her books. Be sure to come back on Tuesday, I’ll be sharing my winning flash and the photo that helped inspire the words.

Toot Toot!! 😀 Okay, now onto the ROW80 post…

Any journey is filled with ups and downs, triumphs and struggles. We know this. We’ve heard the very true saying:

“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well. If it is worth attaining, it is worth fighting for. If it is worth experiencing, it is worth putting aside time for.” ― Author Unknown

But do we know it down to our bones or do we have to remind ourselves? I took a look at the tiles of my last 5-ROW80 posts: A New Routine, Something is Working, Can I Get a Do Over?, Starting Fresh, Slow and Steady, Perseverance. Hmm, interesting. I see the ups and downs of the last 5 weeks right there.

I dug out that famous quote to remind myself, like I keep doing and will keep doing. I want this journey. One thing I know that will help: I’d like to become my own best friend, my own personal cheerleader. Some weeks I’m better at the personal friendship bit than others. I love supporting my friends, so why not me too?

My goals are worth doing and I want to do them well. They are so worth fighting for. I don’t want to just live day to day, I want to experience the journey. I want to push past my fears and keep trying. That’s why I’m here.

I’ll continue to mold my routine to keep me moving forward. I’ll remember some weeks will see more progress than others. As long as I keep trying, I’ll keep moving forward. Sure, I want success yesterday, but it is worth waiting for.

Are you your own best friend? Please share your tips with this newbie.

The Goalsweek-6 results

  • Spend at least 1-hour a day with my characters- done.
  • Daily progress in writing craft, word count, editing, and/or plotting- done. I started the forth Lecture in my Margie Packet. I edited on three-days and I finished a critque for my CP.
  • Workout a minimum of three times a week and round it out with plenty of water, sleep and my calorie limit- DONE. I got in four workouts this week.
  • Daily Nia study (i.e. studying the song/movement structure)- I did some practice teaching this week, but that’s about it. WEEK 7 PRIORITY
  • Stay on top of my co-op preschool Treasurer responsibilities- done. Bills, bills bills. Can you say, “Checks in the mail.” 😀
  • Organize something in the house each week- done. I finished my part in our tax prep. Wahoo. Looking forward to organizing something different next week.

What you might have missed here this week:

Spotlight: The Submission of a Mafia Princess by Sandra Bunino
Review: The Naked Truth by Lacey Wolfe

Sources: Manifest Your Potential blog: Experiences You Love Inspiring Quotes

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11 thoughts on “ROW80 check-in #50 Living the Routine

  1. Congrats on your most romantic story, and on getting a lot accomplished this week! I don’t know about being one’s own best friend – I try, but some days it’s easier than others. It’s all in how we talk to ourselves, and that takes practice. Have a great week!

  2. Congrats on winning the challenge! Those kinds of pick-me-ups are what keep me writing! I don’t have any special tips. I try to keep my current WIPs on my mind throughout the day so that when writing time comes, I’m ready to go. Hope that one helps.

  3. How lovely about your challenge win! (I’m not surprised, though.) You had a very nice week. As far as being your own best friend, I do well in some ways and not so well in others. My challenge through the years has been to let myself off the hook for less than perfection, and I’ve gotten so much better at stepping back and see how far I’ve come. But I don’t always believe in myself as much as I’d like…at least in certain areas.

    I was recently talking to my husband about something I want to volunteer for, and he said, “They’ll jump at you doing that.” I was so shocked. I responded, “Why would anyone want ME for that? What if I stink at it?” I find it easy to feel confident in some areas and still struggle with insecurities and frustration in others. Maybe that’s why I like having outside best friends (my gal-pals, my husband, my siblings, etc.) give me their perspective.

    • You ‘re too sweet to me, Julie. Thank you. Love this –> let myself off the hook for less than perfection<–I need to make this a goal for me. Your husband sounds like a nice guy and I agree with him.

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  5. Yay!!! Congrats on your win! How exciting. 🙂 Great job on your goals. I so wish I could get my workout goals in there-every week I’ve been an epic fail. I tend to do something, just not ALL the somethings. LOL. Hope you’re having a great week and good luck with your goals!

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